Profile of Fenerbahce Wonderkid Arda Guler, Dubbed the Turkish Messi

Arda Guler
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Arda Guler has made it onto the NXGN Nine's list of the top 50 wonderkids, according to GOAL. Barcelona superstar Gavi and Manchester United player Alejandro Garnacho also made the list.

This young Fenerbahce player possesses impeccable ball control and mesmerizing close-range skills. He is also the youngest goal scorer in Fenerbahce's history. Guler made his senior team debut in 2019.

Guler's playing style has drawn comparisons to Argentine superstar Lionel Messi. The 18-year-old player is nicknamed the Turkish Messi in his homeland.

Guler has made 21 appearances for Fenerbahce this season, scoring three goals and providing two assists. Since his senior debut, he has played 37 matches for Fenerbahce, scoring six goals and providing seven assists.

He has represented the Turkish national team once in his career.

The Story Behind the Turkish Messi Nickname for Arda Guler

Arda Guler earned the nickname "Turkish Messi" from a fan named Max. Speaking about the reasons behind the name, Max said (via GOAL):

"I once went to Barcelona to watch Messi, and it was really enjoyable to see him play. So, I thought Arda Guler, who is my favorite Fenerbahce player in this season's biggest game, deserves this nickname!"

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Guler might soon follow in the footsteps of the Argentine legend. According to AS, Barcelona is interested in adding the 18-year-old player to their ranks. Apart from Blaugrana, clubs like Arsenal and Bayern Munich are also interested in him.

Turkey: A Breeder of World-Class Footballers

Turkey has produced several world-class football stars in the past two decades. Among them are Hakan Sukur, Burak Yilmaz, Nuri Sahin, Arda Turan, and others.

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Whether Guler can establish himself in European competition and join the list of elite players remains to be seen.


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